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One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie, #2)
Stephen King recommended this author in a book column that he writes for Entertainment Weekly. (It was lying around at work and I needed something to ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
The Road Home
It's a bit crazy to call this a travel book but it certainly transported me. Lev, a Polish migrant goes to England from his small village in Poland in ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 18, 2008
The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Eunuch, #1)
Really a history lesson more than a compelling mystery. Yashim, the eunuch, employed by the sultan, lives in Istanbul of the 1830's. It is 10 years af ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 26, 2007
The Garden of Last Days
It took me a while to see that April, the single-mom, stripper who is the main character of the story, is culpable for her choices. And, I don't know ...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Kennedy's Brain
I want to like Mankell. He's Swedish, he has great characters. I'm very fond of Wallender and wish PBS would make a mystery series with that series. B ...more
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Jan 04, 2009
The Indian Clerk
I kept having to come back to this book. It's not an easy read. But I've always wanted to learn more about Ramanujan since I learned about while worki ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 29, 2010
I know this is tacky but I'm trying to add to my list without writing my own reviews. I need this info for my own memory jogging. You gotta love an in ...more
Jan 2010
Mar 28, 2010
Let the Great World Spin
Read this book please. Our book group was so enthralled by this story that we decided to read another of his--Zoli. Instead of my words here's a passa ...more
May 21, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
House of Sand and Fog
I've only used Good Reads for a few years so it will be a long time, if ever, before I add all the books I've read. But having just completed Dubus' T ...more
Apr 2000
Jan 23, 2009
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3)
I have just set up a shelf for Gregory Maguire. It will serve as a shrine to his novels, his wonderful imagination, his humor and his extraordinary wa ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
The White Tiger
Balram's letter to the visiting Prime Minister of China is a long explanation of what it takes to get along in 'Dark'India (e.g. the India of the impo ...more
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 31, 2008
Liberation Movements
This review is from the editor. I'm adding here to remind me of this series. I hope to read all of L. Steinhauer. L

The year is 1975, and one of the Pe
Jan 2009
Aug 22, 2010
Border Songs
Lynch constructed an entire community around Brendan Van der Koop the new border patrol agent from Linden,Washington. I loved him and wish I could han ...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
The 19th Wife
This is my third Ebershoff book. I'm going to have to make sure I read all of his work. There are two 19th wives in this story--one who fights against ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
The Gone-Away World
Benji Smith
Sep 02, 2009
Benji Smith rated it: 5 of 5 stars (review of other edition)

Read in September, 2009
I heard about this book on an NPR show. The
Apr 07, 2009
Jan 22, 2010
The Tourist (The Tourist, #1)
More from Steinhauer.

Milo Weaver used to be a "tourist" for the CIA - an undercover agent with no home, no identity - but he's since retired from the
Jul 2010
Aug 22, 2010
Out Stealing Horses
My father was Norwegian, coming to the U.S. in his early twenties. There is a reserve amongst my Norwegian relatives that was always painful for me. T ...more
Mar 2009
Jun 19, 2010
Noah's Compass
"In the sixty-first year of his life, Liam Pennywell lost his job. It wasn't such a good job, anyhow." And you can't figure out what's up with this lo ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Brazzaville Beach
My second book by Boyd. Read this book! It is revelatory.

This novel has many themes that capture what one remarkable woman, Hope, has to deal with dur
Dec 24, 2008
Dec 24, 2008
Black Seconds (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #6)
I like to read Scandinavian authors to gain insight into my Norwegian heritage. I've also read Fossum's The Indian Bride. But all these tales are so d ...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
The Piano Teacher
I couldn't figure what either female character saw in Will Truesdale. But this book had some very interesting history of the Japanese occupation of Ho ...more
May 21, 2009
May 24, 2009
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
Why did I wait so long to read this. I've loved Atwood's books for years. Atwood is coming to Seattle soon to read from the final book in this trilog ...more
Aug 30, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
Four Freedoms: A Novel
If only we had Franklin Roosevelt with us now. This story is much different from The Translator, my first exposure to Crowley. Much is made up in the ...more
Oct 04, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
Shalimar the Clown
I found this wonderful synopsis of the book posted by Don in Sep 2007. He took over a year to read the book so compared to him I sped through it. Here ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
The Zookeeper's Wife
I'm reading this book now. It's cover says "A War Story" and I thought I was getting a novel. But, this really is about Jan and Antonina Zabinski base ...more
Apr 10, 2008
Nov 26, 2007
A wonderfully sympathetic story of European gypsy life as the Communist revolution devolved into its own brand of fascism and terror. McCann created a ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 02, 2010
The Hot Country (Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller, #1)
Butler creates a uber-mensch in Chris Cobb. Not only does Cobb write fantastic reports from various war zones, but when he finds himself in Vera Cruz ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
A wonderful, epic tale of life on an artificial island in Nagasaki Harbor in the early 1800s. Japan is repressive and isolationist in the extreme. Jac ...more
Aug 19, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
Mind's Eye (Inspector Van Veeteren #1)
I'm pulled into these Scandinavian mystery writers because I believe they will expose me to my Scandinavian roots. Van Veeteren is another loner but t ...more
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Victory Square: A Novel
The main historical event that ends this story is the murder of the Ceausescus during the Romanian revolution/uprising. A very complicated story with ...more
Apr 10, 2009
May 24, 2009
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